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Vatican: Skip-the-Line Vatican Museums Tour with Breakfast

1. Vatican: Skip-the-Line Vatican Museums Tour with Breakfast

Start your day at the Vatican early and skip the notoriously long ticket lines by following a special route through the museums that gets you to the Sistine Chapel just as it opens for the day. Enter before most of the crowd and spend a peaceful half-hour soaking up Michelangelo’s masterpiece along with stunning frescoes by other important Renaissance artists. Continue on to the Pinecone Courtyard for large buffet breakfast including hot and cold dishes, fruit juice, tea, and coffee. Once you’ve eaten your fill, head back into the museums for a tour of the most famous artifacts, including the Belvedere Torso, the Apollo Belvedere, the Laocoön Group, and the Raphael Rooms, widely considered to be among the most beautifully-frescoed interiors in the world. Visit the Gallery of the Candelabra with ancient Greek and Roman artworks. Learn about Raphael Sanzio at the Gallery of Tapestries, one of the most spectacular rooms of the museums.

Rome: 2-Day Private VIP Immersive Tour

2. Rome: 2-Day Private VIP Immersive Tour

Start at the Arch of Constantine, and begin a private Colosseum tour with a top-rated local guide. Learn about the history of this amazing monument, the violence of the games, and the lives of the gladiators. Take a short walk to explore the breathtaking ruins of the Roman Forum. Next, head to the historic Capitoline Hill and enjoy a break in a bar with a stunning panoramic view of the city. Stop for a hearty lunch in a restaurant recommended by the guide, where you'll sample some delicious local dishes. After lunch, visit the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Sant’Eustachio, Piazza Navona, and Campo de'Fiori. See the Pantheon and Hadrian's Temple. Stroll through the magnificent Piazza Farnese for a memorable end to the first day of your 2-day private tour. Begin the second day with a visit to the Vatican Museums, which boast one of the greatest collections of art in the world. Visit the Belvedere Courtyard, the Raphael Rooms, and the Sistine Chapel, one of the artistic wonders of the world. Hear stories about the composition and the extraordinary life of Michelangelo which will give you a deeper understanding of the frescoes. After lunch in a traditional restaurant, continue your Vatican tour to St. Peter’s Basilica and marvel at the genius of Bernini, who designed the piazza and the immense colonnade. Hear stories and legends of the popes and artists who transformed the Vatican. Lastly, take a short stroll through Borgo Pio, the surviving medieval area of the city. Stop at Castel Sant'Angelo, an imposing fortress that overlooks the Tiber. Climb to the top of the castle for a spectacular view of the river and the Vatican.

Rome: Vatican and Sistine Chapel Early Access Private Tour

3. Rome: Vatican and Sistine Chapel Early Access Private Tour

The guide and the driver will meet you at your accommodation for a comfortable ride by a full optional air conditioned car or van to the Vatican Museums. By entering at 8 am you'll get 1h head start on the general public. A lovely stroll on almost empty halls, galleries and terraces will make this tour a lifetime experience. Enjoy the heyday of the Renaissance at the Raphael's rooms. When the regular groups are still wandering in the chaotic galleries you'll get to the Sistine Chapel almost alone!

Rome: Group Tour of Forum and Palatine Hill with Vatican

4. Rome: Group Tour of Forum and Palatine Hill with Vatican

Visit the ancient ruins at the Roman Forum and imerse yourself in the history of Rome with an expert guide who will ensure that you don't miss anything. Discover fantastic city views at Palatine Hill while listening to engaging tales of the past. Continue to the world-famous Vatican Museums and access artistic and historical treasures like Raphael's room, the Laocoon, or the Map gallery without having to wait in a long line. Let the majesty of the Sistine Chapel take your breath away. Use the provided headphones to hear your guide clearly at all times. See these highlights in just 4 hours and get the most out of your holiday in Rome.

Rome: Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel Tour with Breakfast

5. Rome: Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel Tour with Breakfast

Enjoy the chance to admire the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel before it’s open to the public on this guided tour. Explore Renaissance masterpieces, see Michelangelo’s frescoes at your leisure with this exclusive VIP experience that includes a tasty breakfast. Meet your guide inside the Vatican Museum to begin your tour. First, walk around the Pio Clementino Museum, which has twelve different rooms that showcase priceless works of art. Next, see the Roman and Greek sculptures before walking through the Gallery of the Candelabras.   Explore the Gallery of Tapestries and the Gallery of Maps. Each of these rooms contains ornate ceilings with the walls decorated with ancient statues, frescoes, and tapestries. Finally, walk through the impressive Sistine Chapel and admire paintings by Perugino, Pinturicchio, Ghirlandaio, and of course, Michelangelo. See the iconic Michelangelo's fresco. End the tour tucking into a tasty American breakfast at the Cortile della Pigna. After breakfast, the guided tour will end, but you can continue walking around the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel at your own pace. 

Rome: Tour of the Vatican, the Colosseum and the Roman Forum

6. Rome: Tour of the Vatican, the Colosseum and the Roman Forum

Visit 3 of Rome’s most famous attractions on this tour of the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and the Vatican Museums. Benefit from the knowledge of your guide as you discover some of the most famous sights of the city in one day. Discover the impressive magnitude of the Colosseum on a guided tour in the morning, with fast track access through the Arch of Constantine to the Arena floor. Hear about the fierce gladiator fights and the history of this world-famous monument from your guide. Continue to Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum where you will see the Senator House and the Temple of Julius Caesar. In the afternoon, explore the Vatican and see the wonderful treasures of the Vatican Galleries, the Raphael Rooms, and the Borgia apartments. Gaze in awe at the overwhelming majesty of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, with intricate frescoes adorning its ceiling.

Rome: Colosseum, Ancient Rome, and Vatican Combo Tour

7. Rome: Colosseum, Ancient Rome, and Vatican Combo Tour

Embark on a full-day combination tour of the most famous sights in Rome. Discover the Vatican, along with the Colosseum and the ruins of Ancient Rome. Experience the history of the Eternal City with a guide. Meet your guide near the Colosseum and dive right into Roman history with skip-the-line tickets. Visit the ruins of the Forum, Capitoline Hill, and the Pantheon. Stroll through bustling Piazza Venezia, see the Largo di Torre Argentina, and the picturesque Piazza Navona, featuring Bernini's famous Fountain of Four Rivers. Your trip though ancient Rome comes to a close here. Pick up your tour at the Vatican Museums and stroll through Gallery of the Maps, Gallery of the Tapestries and Gallery of the Candelabra. Visit the beautiful Pine Courtyard, see Pio Clementine Museum and admire the stunning Raphael Rooms. Step inside the world-famous Sistine Chapel and admire Michelangelo’s famous frescos. Visit St. Peter's Basilica with the well-known "La Pietà."

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It was great to get early and be almost the only ones there. We were able to enjoy the Vatican museum and Sistine Chapel without the usual crowds. Our guide was very knowledgeable and provided very interesting information. The breakfast afterwards was nothing fancy but much better than we expected. The pastries were delicious!

The tours were very well organized, we got very nice impressions of Rome. Both guides were very personable and laid their city and contemporary history at our feet. We can fully recommend this great tour.

The guide was very well informed and excellent at conveying her knowledge. The tour was well organized and the opportunity to see the Sistine Chapel with the guide was amazing. Breakfast was meh.

Knowledgeable and personable guides, everything worked smoothly. Demanding (a lot of walking) but absolutely recommendable!

The Vatican in VIP with a hearty breakfast and a very experienced guide. It was perfect